The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many people were jurors at Socrates' trial?

2. What was Socrates' response when people commented on his wisdom?

3. How did Socrates receive his sentencing?

4. Where was the battle that Socrates miraculously survived?

5. What were Socrates and Euthyphro attempting to use as a measure to determine the morality of Euthyphro's decision?

Short Essay Questions

1. How educated was Socrates, and why?

2. In the context of the dialogue of the same name, what does "apology" mean?

3. What does Tarrant say in the introductory notes about other versions of these dialogues?

4. How were the four dialogues that were included in "The Last Days of Socrates" originally arranged?

5. According to the introductory chapter, why have the notes been included with the text of the Socratic dialogues?

6. By whom, and for whom, has this edition of "The Last Days of Socrates" been prepared?

7. How did Socrates respond to people who commented on his great wisdom?

8. Why was the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi created?

9. What is "epistemology"?

10. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Socrates' final wish was that a rooster be given as an offering to Asclepius, the god of healing. What was the significance of this request? Why would Socrates ask for an offering to be given to Asclepius, instead of Apollo - the god of wisdom, and the one who supposedly gave Socrates his other inspirations? What is the significance of the rooster? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Tarrant agrees with the conviction passed down by the Athenian authorities. Do you agree that Socrates was guilty? Why or why not? How do you feel about the fact that he was convicted with only 60 of 500 votes? Did he deserve the death penalty? Why or why not? What do you think would happen to Socrates if he lived today? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Compare the various scholars who contributed to "The Last Days of Socrates." What are their areas of expertise? Which portions of the text do they comment on, and why? How do they relate to the text of the dialogues? What do they challenge, or choose to explain? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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